Dec 14, 2013 8:30pm
Re: best show ???
Both yours and DD's list are amazing. But I can relate to yours more. We went to a lot of the same shows. Is it an age thing?
Jimi Hendrix - 4x but the first in 1968 at the UCLA Student Grand Ballroom and the Band of Gypsies @ Berkeley Community Theater are the ones. UCLA was my first concert. I remember holding on to the girl I was with while she danced on a folding chair and he sang Wild Thing during the encore. Actually I think I held the chair.
Bruce - 6x but the one I remember the most is at Winterland two weeks before the Dead closed the place down. I was totally blown when he turned his back on the crowd, fell back into them, and they carried him across the width of the stage while he played guitar on his back. And I agree, the E Street Band is the best rock band I ever saw.
Dead - probably the 10/18 and 19 retirement shows in 74, 11/17/73 at Pauley, and 7/21/74 @ the Hollywood Bowl. I went to the closing of Winterland but unlike some folks, I think the playing wasn't as great as the event itself. But it was a costume ball and somewhere I have pictures of me as Groucho Marx.
Prince - 2x, one to support 1999 and the other to support Purple Rain. Top three performer of my life.
Terrence Trent D'Arby at Hollywood Palladium - staggering performer. Wish I could have seen him again.
The Who at the Fabulous Forum - once you've seen Keith Moon bang on drums you can never look at percussion the same.
Miles Davis in Royce Hall UCLA in 1968 with Tony Williams, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, and Ron Carter. Miles at the top of his game before he wanted to be a rock star.
Elvis Costello and the Attractions @ Berkeley Community Theater. 50 minute set and after you left you wanted to punch something or someone.
Bob Marley - 4x but the ones I remember most are Santa Monica Civic and the Greek Theater. It seemed the Wailers would lock in about 1/4 way into each song and then you were a helpless white boy singing about looting and burning churches and killing sheriffs. I never saw a crowd before dancing in unison. Trance music. At the Greek, just before they came on, someone on stage tossed a huge basket full of spliffs into the crowd. All you could see was a wave of monster joints coming towards you as folks grabbed some and tossed the rest backwards.
Rolling Stones in early 70s at the Fabulous Forum. Stevie Wonder opened for them.
U2 at the US Festival - I got backstage and some nice gal from MTV sneaked me up through the scaffolding and we ended up hanging on the fence dividing the stage from the 200k that were in attendance. I got to be 10 feet in front of Bono while he waved a white flag and sang Sunday Bloody Sunday.
King Sunny Ade @ the Greek - like watching a musical kaleidoscope writhing around on stage. Totally blew off Black Uhuru who opened up for them.
Talking Heads @ Greek when they shot Stop Making Sense. David Byrne came out first and sang Psycho Killer with a beat box.
Elton John's first show in the USA at the Troubadour. Who knew he would become a main writer for Walt Disney. :)
James Taylor with Carole King opening. He was Baby James and had hair and she had just released Tapestry. I sat next to Leon Russell and spent a good part of the time staring at his hair.
Traffic @ the Santa Monica Civic. I was a Traffic head before being a Dead Head. I loved that they would just go into their private space, face each other and not us, and just jam.
Paul Simon doing Graceland @ the Greek. Miriam Makeba sang with him. Actually I thank the Dead for getting me interested in African music.
Shit I'm tired of typing. I was just lucky to live at a time of fabulous and varied music and was fortunate enough to be able to afford to go to lots of shows, most really good. About 500 of them and I have the crummy ears to prove it. From Ike and Tina to the Miracles, to Emmylou to Joni Mitchell, from Weather Report to Al DiMeola, from Boy George to the Eurythmics, from Fleetwood Mac to Linda Rondstadt blah blah blah. Now I look at folks like BD and Micah etc. and all the folks around here with their varied musical tastes and wish I could still keep up but I can't. I just got my memories to keep me warm. Until the Alzheimer's kicks in. :)